Local News: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dubois County to Test Tornado Sirens Today

DUBOIS CO. — Today is March 1st, so tornado sirens will be tested today across Dubois County.

At 4 p.m., the sirens will sound in Jasper.  The warning sirens will be tested at 6 p.m. for the rest of the county.

The cable interrupter in both Jasper and Huntingburg will also be tested.

The first day of the month has been designated tornado warning siren testing day here in Dubois County.


Huntingburg Council May Endorse Warranty Program

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg city council is moving forward with a plan to endorse a company to provide a warranty program to pay for utility work at residents’ home, according to reporting from our media partner, Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press.

Rob Meston with Utility Service Partners, presented the council with the company’s services this week, and asked permission to use the council’s endorsement in marketing materials to Huntingburg customers.

The company provides six programs of coverage.  For instance, warranties for a waterline will run $6.75 per month, a sewer line program costs $7.75 a month.

It’s $9.99 a month for interior plumbing warranties.  $4.99 for a gas line, $5.99 for an interior electric line and $5.49 for an exterior electric line.

Crane reports, when repairs are made, the company pays the contractor directly.

Utility Service Partners is endorsed by the National League of Cities, as well as the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.    They offer services to over 500 cities and towns across the country, and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

A final vote on the measure will be held after the public has an opportunity to weigh in.


TriCap Hires New CARES Coordinator

Dubois County Tri-Cap has hired a new CARES Coordinator.

Ashtin Borden has come on board to help the coalition change the culture behind youth substance use, educate youth and adults about usage and teen brain development, limit youth access to alcohol and drugs, and change consequences for usage.

Borden hails from northern Indiana… a graduate of Purdue University with a masters in criminal justice from Trine University.

She says she’s excited to work with the Dubois County program, adding she believes substance abuse is something that every member of the community should be passionate about bring to an end.

Tri-Cap says it’s health, housing and education services change lives, empower families and improve communities.

You can learn more about Tri-Cap on its website, www.tricap.net.

You can also call them at 482 – 2233.


Holcomb Signs Bill Overturning Sunday Alcohol Sales Ban

STATEWIDE — Indiana’s last-in-the-nation ban on selling alcohol on Sundays is officially no more.

With the stroke of a pen — actually six pens — Governor Holcomb repealed a ban that’s been Indiana law since statehood. Starting March 4, you’ll be able to buy alcohol from noon to eight.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the ban on Sunday sales was the very first law Indiana passed after statehood. An exemption for travelers was repealed in 1853. The battle to join the rest of the nation in scrapping the ban has stretched on for decades, but never passed even one house of the legislature, much less both. Liquor stores fought the change for years, predicting the competition with supermarkets would hurt their business. But liquor stores abruptly reversed course last fall after a special commission reviewing Indiana’s alcohol laws recommended the change, and the bill sailed through the legislature with little opposition.

Even Holcomb opposed repeal in his 2016 campaign, but he’s been signaling his support since last fall. He says consumers want it, and other than continuing the way things have always been done, he says there was no reason not to allow Sunday sales.

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